Gio Urshela
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Once again led by Gio Urshela and Mike Tauchman, the New York Yankees battered the Blue Jays 12-6 to secure the team’s ninth-straight win.

When New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone showed up for Spring Training, he had no intentions of batting Gio Urshela and Mike Tauchman in the heart of the order.

How could he have? Urshela was considered a minor league emergency glove and Tauchman wasn’t even on the team yet.

However, as of Aug. 8, Urshela and Tauchman have become two of the most important players in the lineup. During a season devastated by injuries to star players, they’ve picked up the slack and then some.

Thursday’s showing powered the Yankees to their ninth straight win.


Of course, Urshela and Tauchman aren’t the only guys producing every day.

DJ LeMahieu put forth a strong multi-hit effort. He went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Cameron Maybin and Austin Romine also turned in multi-hit efforts.

However, while the Yankees won in decisive fashion, there were some glaring negatives. Domingo German did not look sharp, throwing five innings and surrendering four runs (three earned) while only punching out three. Aaron Judge also went 0-for-5 with a few deep flyballs.

The success of the offense as a whole has masked the fact that Judge isn’t playing his best baseball right now. On the other hand, the thought of Judge getting right and the approaching return of Gary Sanchez could make the offense even more overpowered.

Savage of the Game — Gio Urshela

Gio Urshela has been absolutely fantastic over the past few games. His second multi-homer game in a row is the unlikely power that led the Yankees to their eighth- and ninth-straight wins. Savage, indeed.

Lifetime ballplayer and Yankee fan. Strongly believe that the eye-test and advanced stats can be used together instead of against each other.